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- Introduce one month's parental leave following birth or adoption for both parents, with a further 22 months of paid leave – paid at 90% of pay - which can be shared between both parents
- Increase child benefit by £20/week.
- Increase in taxes, bringing revenue up to 40% of GDP. Reintroduce the 10% tax band and the 22p basic rate. Increase corporation tax to 30% (but reduce it to 20% for small companies)
- Raise the Capital Gains Tax rate from 18% to the recipient’s highest income tax rate
- Add an additional top band to the Council Tax
- Abolish tax relief on pension contributions
- Abolish the upper limit for National Insurance contributions
- Increase inheritance tax to 65% on amounts above the current £325,000 threshold
- Gradually increase alcohol and cigarette taxes by 50%.
- Extend early years education so academic education begins at six rather than five
- Expand pre-school childcare provision
- Spend £1bn/year improving Sure Start
- Abolish SATs and league tables
- Move gradually to smaller class sizes by spending a further £500 million on 15,000 more teachers to get classes down to an average of 20 pupils by the end of the Parliament.
- Introduce youth schools open to children from age of 14 for vocational learning
- Remove charitable tax status for grammar and private schools and phase out City Academies.
- Free school meals for all.
- Phase in the abolition of college tuition fees
- Scrap national curriculum and replace with set of 'learning entitlements'
- Introduce quotas to ensure that boards of major companies are at least 40% female within five years.
- All medium to large companies to carry out equal pay audits and redress inequalities uncovered
- Non-means-tested citizen's pension set at the rate of the official poverty line - currently £170 per week.
- Increase in the National Minimum Wage to 60% of net national average earnings
- Introduce a non-means-tested citizen's income scheme, enabling people returning to work to take small, part-time or informal jobs without being penalised by benefit withdrawal
- A full range of birth options to be available to all women
- Entitlement to the care of a single midwife throughout maternity and post-natally
- Abolish the law that requires the consent of two doctors for an abortion
- Provide right to assisted death
- Allow appropriately qualified midwives and nurses to perform abortions
- End mixed-sex wards in hospitals
- Free basic dental health care for all – plus an end to the fluoridation of water
- Rape crisis centres and domestic violence centres to be given essential service status whereby they receive guaranteed funding from core budgets
- Potential for offenders of less serious crime to make reparation in lieu of prosecution
- Commitment to reduce the prison population and raise age of criminal responsibility to 12
- Decriminalise cannabis
- No under-18s to be imprisoned – to be housed instead in secure residential homes
- Eliminate free carrier bag usage through tax on bags and unnecessary packaging
- All households to get comprehensive weekly doorstep recycling and compost collections
- Dismantle the UK's nuclear weapons
- Non-renewal of Trident
- Reduction in armed forces
- Cut subsidies to the arms industry
- A reduction in the voting age to 16
- Electoral reform including the introduction of Additional Member System (AMS)
- A commitment to the decentralisation of government
Technology and transport
- £3bn to double the size of the UK bus fleet
- £2bn to subsidise bus fares
- Bring the railway system back into public ownership
- £2bn on investment in trains and trams
- £3bn to subsidise the reduction of UK rail fares by one third
- No third runway at Heathrow plus introduction of fuel and VAT duty on aviation.
- Raise fuel duty by 8% a year
- Increase the overseas aid budget to 1% of the UK's Gross National Investment (GNI)
- Cancel the UK's debt for the 52 poorest countries
- Ban on all animal experimentation
- Have all worker's rights apply on day one of working and to include part-time and casual workers.
- Ban on size zero models in fashion
This feature is intended to be a outline guide to the key policies published by the Green Party. For the full manifesto, see the official Green Party site.
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